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Not My Job: Singer Sarah Brightman Gets Quizzed On A Different 'Phantom'

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 11:11am

Before Brightman originated the lead role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera, the band Kiss starred in their one and only TV movie, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park.

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The Rise Of The Well-Read Black Girl Book Club

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 6:54am

Glory Edim loves to read and talk about what she is reading. So she started a fellowship that became a literary festival, a collection of essays and a national phenomenon.

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An American And Her Filipina Translator Exhume A Massacre In 'Insurrecto'

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 6:54am

Gina Apostol's new novel is a story about the Philippine-American War set in the present day, told from two dueling perspectives. Turns out the idea of multiple identities is close to her own heart.

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'City Of Ash And Red' Will Pull You Into Its Nightmare

Sat, 11/10/2018 - 6:00am

Hye-young Pyun's new novel, about an exterminator on a work trip to a nameless dystopian country, has overtones of Kafka, Stephen King and J.G. Ballard. It's grim, it's gross, and it's unputdownable.

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Michelle Obama Tells NPR She 'Never Ever' Would Have Chosen Politics For Herself

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 9:35pm

"It was very difficult being married to a man that felt like politics was his destiny," the former first lady tells All Things Considered host Audie Cornish in a wide-ranging interview about her life.

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Life's Cruelty Is A Constant In The Coen Brothers' Mixed Bag Western 'Ballad'

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:56am

Joel and Ethan Coen's new film is a feature-length collection of six stories set in the Old West. Justin Chang says the tall tales featured in The Ballad of Buster Scruggs are an odd, melancholy lot.

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A Noir Novel For The Trump Era, From Jonathan Lethem

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:00am

The Feral Detective follows a New Yorker reeling from the 2016 election and the eccentric private eye of the title deep into the California desert.

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Jeff Goldblum The Jazz Artist? Life, Uh, Finds A Way

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 4:15am

At his weekly gigs in L.A. — and now on a new live album — you'll find the actor playing keys one moment, holding court with attendees the next and just generally being ... well, Jeff Goldblum.

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'Postcards From London': Rent Boys Will Be Rent Boys In A Stylized, Neon-Lit Soho

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 8:34pm

Writer/director Steve McLean's "lovely piece of whimsy" about a gay sex worker in 1970s London examines "the mixed blessings of sex, art, beauty and authenticity."

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'The Front Runner' Stumbles Into Familiar Territory

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 6:24pm

The film follows Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) through his three-week presidential bid that fell victim to monkey business, but what director Jason Reitman brings to it is familiar — even quaint.

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Satanists Sue Netflix, Warner Bros. For $150M, Saying 'Sabrina' Copied Their Statue

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 6:15pm

The Satanic Temple has used the statue to protest for freedom of religion. Now, it says the media giants have lifted its copyrighted design for a depiction of evil in the streaming series.

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Death Wears A Pleasing Face In The Swoony, Stylized 'El Angel'

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:00pm

Writer/director Luis Ortega invests the tale of a brutal but beautiful young serial killer who terrorized Argentina in the 1970s with an intoxicating sense of glamour.

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'The Girl In The Spider's Web' Struggles To Break Free Of Techno-Thriller Cliches

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:00pm

Claire Foy takes over the role of Swedish super-hacker Lisbeth Salander in a reboot that reheats stale ideas from many previous spy/hacker movies.

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In Netflix's War Epic 'Outlaw King' There's Plenty Of War, But Not Much That's Epic

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:00pm

Director David Mackenzie (Hell or High Water) keeps the scale too small and the stakes too low in this retelling of the rebellion of Scotland's Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine).

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This 'Unholy Land' May Not Even Be Real

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 6:00am

Lavie Tidhar's new novel asks the questions we've all asked occasionally: How sure are you that the world you see around you every day is real? How sure are you that it's the only one, the real one?

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Author Haruki Murakami Will Donate A Record Collection 'Beyond The Bounds Of Sanity'

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 4:00am

Music is as intrinsic to the soul and spirit of Murakami's books as it is to the author's own.

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Through Personal Testament, 'Why Religion?' Explores Belief In The 21st Century

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 8:04am

Distinguished scholar of Christianity Elaine Pagels sets out to explain why religion is still around today, through the lens of her lived tragedies — the deaths of her son and husband 30 years ago.

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'King Kong' On Broadway Is The 2,400-Pound Gorilla In The Room

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 7:51am

In a new $35 million musical, the star attraction is 20 feet tall and requires 15 people to operate. He's an engineering marvel — and also basically a giant monkey puppet.

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'Single-Use' Is The 2018 Word Of The Year, Collins Dictionary Says

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 9:10pm

Collins' annual list of "new" words are meant to highlight and acknowledge the changing culture. They are often words that have been around, but have raised their profile recently.

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Inside This Deceptively Simple Story Lurks A 'Burning' Psychological Thriller

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:24pm

Director Lee Chang-dong's film centers on two young men and the woman who brings them together. Critic Justin Chang calls Burning the most absorbing — and enigmatic — new movie he's seen all year.

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